Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written, Love and Capital reveals the rarely glimpsed and heartbreakingly human side of the man whose works would redefine the world after his death.
Drawing upon previously unpublished material, acclaimed biographer Mary Gabriel tells the story of Karl and Jenny Marx’s marriage. Through it, we see Karl as never before: a devoted father and husband, a prankster who loved a party, a dreadful procrastinator, freeloader, and man of wild enthusiasms — one of which would almost destroy his marriage. Through years of desperate struggle, Jenny’s love for Karl would be tested again and again as she waited for him to finish his masterpiece, Capital.
An epic narrative that stretches over decades to recount Karl and Jenny’s story against the backdrop of Europe’s Nineteenth Century, Love and Capital is a surprising and magisterial account of romance and revolution — and of one of the great love stories of all time.